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Tara’s Seasonal Delights

Bramble Cocktail This Autumnal classic and very British cocktail is ideal this time of year, with blackberries in abundance and the perfect balance of sweet meets sour. Super quick and easy to make. Ingredients  50ml gin 25ml lemon juice 25ml sugar syrup 20ml crème de mûre Blackberries to garnish Method Combine the gin, freshly squeezed […]

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The Local Creative Turning Pampered Pets into Works of Art

It takes incredible talent and an unconditional love to create paintings as unique as the pets they depict. Brits and their pets, it’s a unique bond and a love quite unlike anything else. Those furry friends are not just loyal companions, they are fully-fledged members of the family. So it was inevitable that the work […]

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Liar, Liar, Santon’s Triers

As The Bridge Inn at Holmrook prepares itself for the annual “World’s Biggest Liar” competition, Paul McGuirk gets to grips with what it takes to become the funniest fabricator on the planet. What do a sub-aquatic bubble car, aerodynamic snails and human-badger hybrids have in common? Each is the subject of a tall-tale which has […]

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Comic Sofie Hagen Speaks Out

Right now, talented, female comics are revolutionising British comedy. One of those leading the way, Sofie Hagen, tells Sarah Sinclair why she is challenging the patriarchy.   Sofie Hagen is furious. The other day, watching a Disney film with her younger cousin, despite having done so much work to promote body positivity and being, in […]

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The Workington Rugby Team Try-ing For More Women on the Pitch

It’s a women’s game for the West Cumbrian team tackling stereotypes in sport. Campaigns such as Sport England’s This Girl Can, have taken huge strides to encourage more women to take up sport. However, one west Cumbian women’s Rugby Union team are way ahead of the game. The Workington Zebra Finches began two years ago […]

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West Cumbria Guide Issue 06 Oct/Nov

A Word from the Editor As I write, back in the comfort of my cosy jumper, I put it to you that autumn is the most underrated of the seasons. From the smell of sparklers and the crackle of bonfires to the crunch of leaves underfoot, there’s a lot to look forward to in the […]

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The Next Steps for West Cumbria Mining

Those behind the bid to bring the mining industry back to west Cumbria, give their latest update on the project. With a planning application submitted to Cumbria County Council in May and a determination on this anticipated towards the end of the year, the team at West Cumbria Mining (WCM) are focused on the next […]

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Carlisle’s Most Haunted

Home to one of England’s most besieged castles, over the years there have been many tales told of ghostly goings on in the great border city. With a rich, dark history stretching back over 2000 years, Carlisle and the surrounding areas have been the setting of some horrifying hauntings, some long ago and some not […]

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Review: Soaked,Coming to Theatre’s Across Cumbria

REVIEW: SOAKED – First Show Sold Out, Now Coming to Theatre’s Across Cumbria.  Review by Ste Murphy If like me you have not sat and watched a play for years, well this is one play that will certainly entertain, have you laughing, have you thinking, but more importantly have you looking forward to another play […]

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New Play Lays Bare UK Welfare System

A new play which explores what it means to be poor in the UK today, comes to The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, on 12 October, as part of its tour of the North West, Cumbria and the Midlands. A Laid Bare Theatre production, The Value of Nothing, explores the salient social issues of unemployment, the […]

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